Sweeney Todd Costume Research Project

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~Costume Notes~

How many characters? Age? Sex? Status?

Anthony Hope: Late 20s, male, Sailor, lower class

Sweeney Todd: 40s, male, Barber, middle class,
Beggar Woman: Late 30s, female, Beggar, lowest class
Mrs. Lovett: 40s, female, Restaurateur, middle class
Judge Turpin: 50s, male, Judge, upper class
The Beadle: 40s, male, Judge’s assistant, middle class
Johanna: 20s, female, prisoner, upper class
Tobias Ragg: late teens, male, lower class (later middle class) 
Pirelli: 40s, male, barber, lower class
Jonas Fogg: 60s, male, middle class
The Company: all ages, mixed sex, lower and middle class

 

  • What are the “gotta haves?” The only items absolutely essential for the show are Johanna’s sailor clothes. Also, the masks and capes necessary for the masquerade ball.
  • Are there any special considerations? Blood from throat cuts spilling onto clothes, generalized grunge feel, freedom of movement for actors due to frantic pacing of show.
  • What year is it? The year is the 19th century, it can’t be any earlier than 1803, as dated by the dates of transportation of convicts to Australia.
  • What season is it? Winter and later, Spring.
  • What time of day? All times of day,
  • Where are we? Fleet Street, London. A traditionally lower class area, home to the popular press of London from the late 19th century onward. Named for London’s largest underground river which flows underneath it.
  • Is there anything historically important happening at the time of the play? In the 19th century, the population of London went from 1 million to 6 million; A city with Irish, Jewish and heavy immigrant populations. The coming of the railroad lead to further grime and decay and urbanization, while the construction of sewers lead to a drop in disease and death. Construction projects such as Big Ben and Parliament were undertaken.
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Movie examples: what movies did you use to help you brainstorm?  Tell why. (TYPED)

Sweeney Todd: The Johnny Depp atrocity still helped with background characters, setting and  research of what they imagined the time period would look like, though it was much darker than imagined it would be.

Sherlock Holmes: A perhaps more realistic look at some of the upper class and middle class of the later time period. Dealing with some of the steampunk elements of the set and play.

The Prestige: Period research in and around London, costuming of lower and middle class.

The Man in the Iron Mask: More detailed historical research, dealing with imprisonment and  lower class society.

 

Scene Breakdown:
Prologue: The Ballad of Sweeney Todd
Act 1.1: No Place Like London, The Barber and his Wife
Act 1.2: Worst Pies in London, Poor Thing, My Friends

Act 1.3: Ballad Reprise 1
Act 1.4: Green Finch and Linnet Bird, Ah Miss, Johanna
Act 1.5: Pirelli’s Miracle Elixir, The Contest,
Act 1.6: Ballad Reprise 2
Act 1.7:  Wait, Pirelli’s Death
Act 1.8: Ballad Reprise 3
Act 1:9:  Judge’s Song: Mea Culpa, Kiss Me (Part 1), Ladies in their Sensitivities, Kiss Me (Part II/Quartet)
Act 1:10: Pretty Women (Parts 1 & 2), Epiphany, A Little Priest
Act 2:1 God, That’s Good!
Act 2:2 Johanna (Quartet)
Act 2:3 By the Sea, Wigmaker Sequence
Act 2:4 Now While I’m Around
Act 2:5 Parlor Sequence
Act 2:6: The Ballad of Sweeney Todd
Act 2:7 Fogg’s Asylum, City on Fire/Searching, Ah Miss, Beggar Woman’s Lullaby
Act 2:8 The Judge’s Return, Ballad of Sweeney Todd (Reprise 6) Final Scene
Epilogue: Reprise 7

 

 

 

Act 1

Act 2

Additional Notes

Anthony

Black Sailor Pants

White and Navy Stripe Shirt

Black Sailor Tie

Black Jacket

Sailor Hat

Same

CHANGE TO GENTLEMAN FOR FOGG SCENE

Grey Pants

Black Brocade Vest

Grey Frock Coat

Ascot

Dress Shirt

Grey Gloves

Grey Top Hat

Boots

Sweeney

Ivory Distressed Shirt

Grey Pants & Suspenders

Socks

Boots

White Collared Shirt

Red/Grey/Black Pants & Suspenders

Black/Red Brocade Vest

Red Tie

Ivory Barber Coat

 

 

 

ADD ON for outside scenes

Black Overcoat

Lucy

Two Layer skirt

Grey Petticoat

Grey Socks

Pantaloons

Boots

Greenish Blouse

Two brown Shawls

Straw Hat with Flowers Distressed

Fingerless Gloves

Same

 

 

Mrs. Lovett

 

-Orange Stripe Skirt

-Orange Distressed Overskirt

-Apron

-Green Blouse

-Pantaloons

-Boots/Socks

 

-Burgundy/ Black Bodice

-Burgundy and Black Skirt

-Black Bustle

-Black Petticoat

-Pantaloons

-Jewelry

-Black Hat
-Boots/Socks

 

ADD ON for outside scenes

Hat, Shawl, Gloves

Judge Turpin

Black DB Prince Albert Frock Coat

Black Stripe Pants

White Dress Shirt

Ascot

Grey Vest

Black Top Hat

Black Gloves

 

Judges Robe Added over Clothing

For Outdoor Scenes

Black Cape

Black Scarf

 

For Party FLASHBACK
Remove Coat and Accessories

ADD Burgundy Dressing Gown

 

The Beadle

 

Black and Rust Plaid Pants

White Shirt

Purple Vest

Rust Tie

Black and Plaid Cape Coat

Black Derby

Rust Gloves

 

Same

 

Same

 

Johanna

 

White Bustle Petticoat

Peach Skirt

Embroidered Overskirt

Peach Bodice

Straw and Pink Bonnet

Ivory Boots

 

Nightgown

Sheer Robe

 

Change After Rescue:

Boy Sailor Suit

Top and Pants

Tie

Hat

Black Boots

 

Toby

 

Distressed Shirt

Short Distressed pants

Vest

Tie

Boots

Socks

Apple Hat

 

Brown Wool pants w/suspenders

Tan Shirt

Repeat Vest

Green Coat

Repeat Tie

Repeat Hat

Repeat Shoes

 

 

Pirelli

 

Blue and Yellow Plaid Tailcoat

Blue and Yellow Plaid Pants

Blue and Yellow Silk Vest

Red and Paisley Necktie

Repeat Tux Shirt

Gold Cape

Yellow Gloves

Navy Top Hat with Yellow Binding

 

Same (Dead)

 

 

Mr. Fogg

 

Brown Pans with Suspenders

Ivory Shirt

Wool Vest

Full Apron Distressed

Fingerless gloves

Scarf

Boots

Socks

Brown Apple Cap

 

 

Add Tan Long Coat as Fogg

 

Masquerade Ball:

Cape
Mask

       

 

Female Company

(Example)

 

Multi Colored Skirt

White Cotton Petticoat

Grey and Blue Blouse

Grey Pinafore Apron

Grey Shawl

Yarn Shawl

Grey Head Piece

Navy Fingerless gloves

Grey socks

Black Boots

 

Masquerade Ball:

Cape
Mask

 

Asylum Sequence:

Remove Skirt and Apron
Add White Skirt

 

Male Company
(Example)

 

 

Tan and Green Check Vest and Pants with Suspenders

Distressed Henley

Ivory Stripe Shirt

½ Apron

Green Wool Jacket

Brown Wool Scarf

Tan Fingerless gloves

Brown Distressed Top hat

Socks

Boots

 
 
 
 

Masquerade Ball:

Add Matching Black & Mustard Vest

Stripe Shirt
Black Jacket

Asylum Sequence:

(Cop)
Black Tunic

Black Belt

Black Pants

Black Bobby Hat